There is a new kid on the block of private members’ clubs in London. The South Kensington Club has joined the likes of well-established Soho House and Home House by offering a space inspired by a spirit of adventure and multicultural perspective. The man behind SKC, Luca Del Bono, is no stranger to travel himself, having grown up on the Aeolian Islands in Sicily.
Luca’s Sicilian upbringing is reflected in the interior and feel of the SKC and the next door restaurant Iddu. His father has been in hospitality in Sicily since the 1950s, so it was a natural path for Luca to bring the Mediterranean way of living to London.
SKC came together from a collection of influences based upon his travels and adventures around the world – he seeks to connect adventurous spirits through wellness, fitness and cultural events under one roof. As part of our partnership between SKC, all onefinestay readers can receive one day access to the club. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and quote “onefinestay” to arrange your access.
As part of our ongoing #LiveWellTravelWell series, we asked Luca how he takes his adventurous life on the road with him:
1. Key pointers – while exploring a country, although part of the fun is to travel where the wind takes us, I find researching ahead, in the end, helps avoid the usual tourist traps and ensures to have a unique experience off the beaten track.
2. Embrace the local culture – connect with the locals to get an insight into their way of living – be adventurous and join their traditions. A bit of research beforehand can prepare you for some interesting customs.
3. Adapt – be respectful of the country you’re visiting. Adapt to their ways by avoiding flashy or pretentious clothing and jewellery that might disconnect with the locals. Follow the natural way.
4. Be safe – in unusual locations not accustomed to many travellers, be alert – prevention is better than being sorry. When travelling around make sure you are aware of your environment and don’t take a situation for granted.
5. Enjoy – make the most of every moment, every step and treasure each experience. It’s the ‘baggage’ of experiences we create that lays the ground for great living.